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Belle & Bunty LOVES ~ Dungerees & Pinafores

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Your wish is our command! After posting numerous posts on Instagram with us in our favourite dungarees & pinafore dresses and you lovely lot asking about the outfits, we thought a blog post was in order so you too can join the club!

As you must know by now we love a good pair of dungarees. Dark wash, light denim, black, white, long or short we are all about the dungaree. We’ve been wearing them for a while now with Alice championing a pair waaaaaay back in 2012 and while dressing like a child should be so wrong, they somehow are SO right. Right?!?

Pinafore dresses too sit in the same category and when they should scream “librarian” they seem to have the same quirky but cool feeling as dungarees. They can be dressed up or down just like dungarees and have that nonchalant, “oh,this old thing” laid back look that we strive for on a daily basis, when in reality it’s taken a good while to “throw” this look together {oh no our secret’s out. shhhh}

We both wear ours in the day dressed casually with summer sandals and boots but equally both dungarees & pinafores look great elevated to evening with a heel and silky top. We’re not saying you are going to swap you’re fave LBD for a night on the tiles in a dungaree but there is something really nice about dressing them up with heels.

The best thing about this look is that you can buy into it without breaking the bank with most high street stores offering one or both and below we’ve picked out a few pieces we’ve found for you to shop right now, including the ones you see us wearing here.

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Alice wears Look 1: Vintage Pinafore Dress {similar below}, Peach Shirt by Zara, Vintage Belt, Sunglasses by New Look, Shoes by Office Look 2: Vintage Short Dungerees { similar below}, Stripe Top by Miss Selfridge, Sunglasses by New Look, Bag by See by Chloé, Necklaces by Muru, Thought Blossom and Laura Lee

Hannah wears Look 1: Pinafore Dress by Urban Outfitters {see below}, Vintage Silk Shirt, Necklaces by Muru, Sunglasses by Topshop, Earrings by Mirabelle Look 2: Dungerees by asos {see below} Stripe Top by H&M, Bag by Celine, Sunglasses by Rayban, Necklace by Muru

DUNGEREE PINAFORE LAYOUT SHOPPING

1/ Current/Elliot at Harvey Nichols  2/ Urban Outfitters 3/ asos  4/ asos  5/ Beyond Retro  6/ Free People  7/ Whistles

Who’s joining the Dung Club? Happy Shopping!

Belle & Bunty LOVES: Jewellery brands you need to know

It’s the finishing touches that can make an outfit, right?

If you’ve followed us for a while you would know by now that we are big, big lovers of a spot of jewellery. We may throw in the odd chunky statement necklace or bracelet here or there, but day~to~day you will always find us rocking pretty, delicate gold pieces. So with this in mind and the fact that we have recently discovered some fab-u-lous brands we thought it only fair to spread the love and share our current top favourite jewellery brands. So here goes, excuse us while we get a bit fruity

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Current favourite things adorning our necks L-R:

Z by Accessorize, Muru, Muru, Zoe & Morgan & Monica Vinader

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Muru
We have been long term admirers and fans of Muru after becoming mutual Instagram friends and seeing their beautiful jewellery day after day teasing us online. So, you can imagine how thrilled we were recently {read mega, flippin’ ecstatic} to own a couple of pieces and we can honestly say they are stunning! The packaging in it’s self is lovely but what you find inside had our hearts all a flutter. Intricately patterned necklaces and cool charms, like this sunburst talisman pendant, wishbone charm necklaces and disc chain bracelet above really are investment pieces. www.murujewellery.com

Clara Francis

Clara is a personal friend and we are constantly in awe of her stunning work. This stylish lady produces the most beautiful hand beaded pieces all with delicate glass beads and a needle and thread like this beautiful peach and gold saved butterfly seen here above. Always nature inspired, her collections of fashion & bridal necklaces, rings and headpieces are definitely talking points. Just.so.beautiful. www.clarafrancis.co.uk

Aurora London
These Aurora bracelets haven’t left our wrists since we got them! We love the extra long metallic leather studded cuffs which adds a feminine, rocky feel to any outfit and the moonstone bracelets are fun flashes of colour and would make awesome gifts. Check ‘em out. {pssst not strictly just a jewellery label, they also do a sweet heart leader keyring and THE cutest coloured furry pom poms which we are lusting over. www.aurora-london.com

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It’s not often that a high street brand releases a collection that has the fashion industry and bloggers alike talking, but this range has cracked it. Beautiful fashion forward pieces that won’t break the bank, we literally want it ALL! The super long chain disc pendant above is Hannah’s current piece she adds to every outfit for that boho edge, aswell as the cute little stacking rings.  uk.accessorize.com

Zoe & Morgan
We met this London based label years ago when we were both flogging our wears at London Fashion Week and have loved what they do ever since. The mix of punk rock & pretty always gets us going and now they have only gone and released the most gaw-jus range of wedding and engagement rings we have ever seen. Short of getting divorces just so we could get new rings {only joking Husbands} we have been swooning non stop since we saw the range of graphic diamond and gold rings that layer up in the most coolest way. Brides to be check out their pieces right now. The heart shaped filigree necklace above is a firm favourite. www.zoeandmorgan.com

Sophie Breitmeyer
A signet ring {to sit nicely on a little pinky} had been on the shopping wishlist for.ever so when we saw this one by Sophie Breitmeyer it was love at first sight. This talented jewellery designer has her own collections but also works with customers directly to create their dream piece prefect for that special piece or one you will love and treasure for everyday. Alice wears her signet ring {see above} all day erryday. www.sophiebreitmeyer.com

Monica Vinader
Now a cult British brand, Monica Vinader has an amazing array of list worth jewels. The adjustable bracelets are a favourite to wear day in, day out and now they have just released an Alphabet range of necklace pendants that are sure to be as popular as her other pieces. How cute are these rose gold B&B pendants?! Layer up your initials or wear one to channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw. www.monicavinader.com

So there you have it, our current jewellery loves. We’d love to hear yours!

3 Summer Looks with Beyond Retro ~ Part 3

            
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Part 3 of our series for vintage mega brand Beyond Retro sees us wearing what we know best and probably love the most ~ crochet and lace!  We teamed these pretty dresses with colourful belts and neutral shoes to tie it all into a pretty pastel palette. With one slightly more tailored shape and one more girly, these looks pretty much sum us up in one fell swoop (or 2 cute dresses) and go to show that once you find a great vintage dress all you need is a few tan accessories and touch of jewellery and you are all set, from Summer garden party, wedding or the races.

Oh, maybe our missing final touch to this look would be a little glass of Pimms, well, it is Summer after all.

Don’t forgot to enter BELLEBUNTY10 as you check out on www.beyondretro.com until July 8th 2015 for 10% off everything online. Get shopping!

Alice wears Dress Beyond Retro, Shoes Vince Camuto, Belt by Mulberry, Sunglasses Accesorize (similar here), Gold Bangles by Kate Spade, Pendant by Thought Blossoms, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Signet ring by Sophie Breitmeyer, Watch by Michael Kors.

Hannah wears Dress and Belt Beyond Retro, Shoes Asos, Sunglasses Topshop (similar here), Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Gold Hoop Earrings by Accessorize, Gold watch by Michael Kors.

All our Beyond Retro series of blog posts were shot at Kenwood House, London

3 Summer Looks with Beyond Retro ~ Part 2

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Part 2 of our How to Wear Vintage series with Beyond Retro features 2 of our favourite things- washed, worn denim and playsuits.

We both have denim in lots of varieties in our wardrobes, in particular *those* dungerees, alongside well worn Levi 501 {ex}boyfriend jeans, much loved high waisted skinnies and short {but not too short} shorts. So this cute little playsuit really caught our eye, with it’s perfect mid blue, worn wash, boxy shape made a little cheeky with the centre front zip and on trend 70s pockets. The button through mini dress also has a retro vibe that we love, especially paired with a ringer Tee for that Love Story look that would make Ali Macgraw happy. Then throw on a coupla pairs of Cons and you have 2 easy, breezy vintage Summer outfits!

Now who’s for a game of baseball…..

Don’t forgot to enter BELLEBUNTY10 as you check out on www.beyondretro.com until July 8th 2015 for 10% off everything online. Yay!

Alice wears Playsuit by Beyond Retro, Sunglasses by New Look, Green Birthstone Bracelet & Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Shoes by Converse, Gold Bangles by Kate Spade, Pendant by Thought Blossoms, Signet ring by Sophie Breitmeyer, Watch by Michael Kors.

Hannah wears Dress by Beyond Retro, Ringer T Shirt by asos, Sunglasses by Rayban, Necklace by Thought Blossoms, Shoes by Converse, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Gold Hoop Earrings by Accessorize, Gold watch by Michael Kors.

3 Summer Looks with Beyond Retro ~ Part 1

Summer is all about being brave with your clothes right? Right?! A little sunshine, a touch of a tan, throw on a couple of vintage stand out pieces and some statement jewellery and you’re good to go, we say. Read on to find out more about these 2 printed lovelies and the special treat we have in store for you!

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Recently we have had a love/hate relationship with the term “vintage“. It seems like any old {read: new} thing gets slapped with the term in the idea that all of a sudden it makes it desirable. In the bridal industry in particular it has been such an over used term lately that we have decided to ban it!

That being said, this is a bit heart breaking when you really are lovers of good old stuff like us! Both being big fans of raiding our mother’s wardrobes for much-loved 1970s pieces, we make bee lines at car boot sales for the stall manned by old ladies as we know they’ll have great things {is that just us? Please say it isn’t so} as well as loving a good rifle through rails and rails at a vintage store in search of the perfect unique purchase.

With the vintage term being SO overused, Retro is the way forward, we say.

So to our delight we have teamed up with super, mega vintage brand Beyond Retro {thank god it wasn’t called Beyond Vintage, huh?!} to bring you 3 of our favourite ways to wear vintage this summer. With stores in London and Brighton, aswell as Sweden, and a great array available online too, we are sure you ‘ll be able to find your perfect piece. What’s more the lovely people there have also given us a cheeky little discount code for you, so if you are, ahem, a vintage lover like us then BINGO heres 10% off!

Enter BELLEBUNTY10 as you check out on www.beyondretro.com  until July 8th 2015 for 10% off everything online.

You’re Welcome.

Alice wears Jumpsuit by Beyond Retro, Sunglasses by H&M, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Shoes by Office, Necklace Vintage, Pendant by Thought Blossoms

Hannah wears Dress by Beyond Retro, Sunglasses by Rayban, Necklace by asos, Shoes by asos, Leather Bracelet by Aurora London, Gold Hoop Earrings by Accessorize.